October marks the beginning of the flu season. If you have the flu, you may have symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, cough, sore throat and stuffy nose.
You can prevent the flu by getting the annual flu vaccination. But while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone ages 6 months and older should get the vaccine, only a fraction do.
Getting the word out about the importance of the flu vaccination and alternatives to the traditional vaccine, such as the Fluzone Intradermal vaccine, is why NCIS Los Angeles actor Chris O’Donnell has partnered with Sanofi Pasteur.
He and Carlos E. Picone, M.D., F.C.C.P., Vice-Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., talked to EmpowHER about the importance of getting the flu vaccination, the Fluzone Intradermal vaccine, as well as Chris and his work with AmeriCares.
Why is it so important for people to get the flu vaccine?
As a physician, I have seen first-hand how serious influenza can be, and know that it can lead to severe complications and even death, which is why vaccination is so important. Each year, one in five people gets the flu and an estimated 226,000 people are hospitalized from influenza-related complications.
Why do people not get the vaccine?
Public health officials recommend everyone six months of age and older receive an annual influenza vaccination, yet on average, only a third of adults in the U.S. 18 through 64 years of age are immunized.
Results from a recent telephone survey revealed these low rates highlight a disconnect between fear and action, as two out of every three in this age group said if they had influenza, they fear spreading the virus to their loved ones, yet three in five adults said they are not vaccinated annually.
Why did you decide to team up with Sanofi Pasteur to promote flu vaccination?